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HOT: Nora, 156 Elgin Street, Carlton

Nora is a Thai-inspired bakery cafe in Carlton recently opened by Thai-Australian couple Tong and Jean. They have been supplying their distinctive charcoal tarts to various cafes around town and decided to strike out on their own with a minimalist shop filled with beautiful things. What strikes you about the cafe when you enter is the […]

HOT: Beatrix 688 Queensberry St, North Melbourne

Following Beatrix on social media has been terrible for my self-control and my waistline. This tiny North Melbourne cafe regularly posts a mouth-watering list of the day’s specials, from the ciabattas to their famous cakes and biscuits. Many a time my newsfeed has convinced me to veer towards North Melbourne in search of a sweet […]

Cream of the Crop at The Age Good Food Month – Giveaway!

November is The Age’s Good Food Month in Melbourne and one of the many events happening is the Cream of the Crop. On Sunday, 23 November,  the Dairy Industry Association of Australia will be hosting the first ever Cream of the Crop, a dairy festival! For a mere $20 (kids under 12 are free) you will […]

HOT: Mezmez, 42 Ferguson St, Williamstown

The owners of Newport’s popular The Pint of Milk have opened a bigger restaurant around the corner in Williamstown called Mezmez. The interior is tastefully decorated and telling of the Turkish influence that’s in the menu if the name doesn’t give it away. ‘Contemporary Middle Eastern’ is how I’d define it – shisha pipes hang […]

HOT: Brother Nancy, 182 Essex St, West Footscray

Hidden deep within residential West Footscray is a small cafe called Brother Nancy. Owner Leigh is a WeFo local who was travelling east for work. With a two year old and another child on the way, he decided for lifestyle reasons that he needed to work closer to home. Plus he knew that the area […]

HOT: The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk National Gallery of Victoria, 180 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne

The National Gallery of Victoria is currently hosting The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk, a retrospective of the work of French designer Jean Paul Gaultier organised by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. Melbourne is the only Asia-Pacific venue to host the exhibition, which has been seen by […]

HOT: Piggery Cafe and Burnham Bakery, Burnham Beeches, 1 Sherbrooke Rd, Sherbrooke

Shannon Bennett, chef-restaurateur and perennial entrepreneur, is developing heritage-listed Burnham Beeches into a a biodynamic farm and self-sufficient village in Sherbrooke in the Dandenongs. Phase 1 of the 22 hectare site is the Piggery Cafe and Burnham Bakery, the commercial bakery which supplies all of the bread and pastries for Bennett’s many restaurants, including Cafe […]

Scottish Fling Festival at Immigration Museum – Giveaway!

On Sunday 16 November the Immigration Museum will be holding a one-day Scottish Fling Festival to celebrate the launch of a new community exhibition exploring Scottish migration and culture in Victoria called Scots Wha Hae (Lowland Scots for ‘Scots Who Have’). Visitors can enjoy pipe bands, traditional and contemporary folk music, the singers of the […]

HOT: Woven, 175B Stephen St, Yarraville

Woven is a small cafe at the bottom of a newish warehouse conversion in Yarraville. It feels like Collingwood without the high prices and cooler-than-thou attitude. They have fitted out the compact space with wood, brick, polished concrete and exposed beams, in keeping with its formerly industrial heritage. There are a few outdoor seats with […]

HOT: Hakata Gensuke, 168 Russell St, Melbourne

If you’ve walked down Russell Street recently you may have been wondering why one particularly restaurant always has queues outside of it. Well ramen hunters, your search may be over now. At Hakata Gensuke you’ll find possibly Melbourne’s best ramen. Or at least it will be ramen that’s made exactly according to your opinion of […]

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